So, my roommates listen to a lot of metal, like almost exclusively metal. They have huge libraries (weird side-point, no piracy involved. They're like me in that they figure that if a they download a band and they're awesome, they'll buy it, else they'll delete the music). I don't know where to start. A lot of it seems so very awesome, but a lot of it is so cheesily bad it makes me cringe. So, it'd be awesome if you all could help point me in the right direction. So, I'll list a couple bands that I've heard and like, and some that I dislike, and say what I liked/disliked about each. Like: Opeth: fucking everything about them. Since I was introduced to Opeth, they quickly became my favorite band straight up. I absolutely love how they'll go from heavy to calm back to heavy in a single song. I love the skill. I love the vocal variance. I love that in the same song he'll use the growl ~and~ clean vocals. I love the vocal range. He'll go from a bass up to maybe alto, as opposed to some bands (dream theater) that seem to keep their vocals in the soprano or alto at lowest. I guess what I love about Opeth is the dynamics. I love the variance. On the other end I'd put Meshuggah, who from what I've heard, basically do the same thing on every song from start to finish. I also fucking love Devin Townsend. Again, I ~love~ the variance. It all sounds so epic. Perfect example: "The Mighty Masturbator" off or Deconstruction. I love how it starts out super calm, and then like a minute in it just hits with an O Fortuna style chorus plus his vocals. Without the opening, it wouldn't feel near as epic. Hate: I can't stand Dream Theater. With any kind of music that has vocals, the vocals automatically become the first thing you notice. Dream Theater would be an ~awesome~ instrumental band. The vocals kill it for me. It's sad, because the raw skill demonstrated by the rest of the band is fantastic. Blind Guardian: Again, I absolutely loathe the choir-boy vocals. The rest of the band is awesome, but it's like the vocals are a checkpoint that must be passed before the rest of the band can be heard.